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Frequently-Asked Questions About Running and Weight Loss


Updated May 22, 2014

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Chase Jarvis

Here are some common questions from runners who want to lose weight by running.

Can Running Help Me Lose Weight?
I've lost a couple of pounds, but I want to speed up my weight loss progress. Will running help me lose weight?

Why Am I Not Losing Weight With Running?
How you been trying to lose weight by running, but you're not seeing any movement on the scale? Here are some possible explanations and what you can do to boost your weight loss efforts.

What Are My Daily Calorie Needs?
Wondering how many calories you need each day? Here's how to figure out your daily calorie needs.

How Many Calories Does Running Burn?
Find out what factors affect how many calories you burn during runs and how to determine your calorie expenditure while running.

How Many Miles Per Week Should I Run to Lose Weight?
If you're running to lose weight, you may be wondering: How many miles do you need to run to lose weight? Is there a magic number of miles per week?

Can You Burn Fat By Running?
Is running a fat-burning activity? Should I run fast or slow to burn fat?

Can Running Help You Lose Belly Fat?
Can running help you get rid of stubborn abdominal fat?

How Can I Get Over a Weight Loss Plateau?
Although it's extremely frustrating, it's common for people to hit a plateau after a few months of weight loss success. Here are some steps to take to break through that wall and keep losing weight.

How Can I Not Feel Hungry all the Time?
It's normal to feel hungry when you start a new exercise regimen or you increase your exercise frequency or intensity. Here are some ways you can avoid feeling hungry, without overindulging.

How Accurate are the Calorie Counts on Treadmills?
When you run on a treadmill, you may be wondering whether the calories burned counter is accurate. Find out whether you're overestimating or underestimating how many calories you're burning when running on the treadmill.

How Many Calories Do I Need to Burn to Lose a Pound?
A safe, healthy weight loss rate is about one to two pounds per week. But exactly how many calories do you need to burn to lose a pound?

Do I Burn More Calories Running Outside?
Find out if you burn more calories running outside rather than on a treadmill.

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